Suns’ Summer League schedule announced

As part of a 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas that will feature a record 24 teams, the Suns’ entry will play five games, with the first scheduled for July 15.

The NBA Summer League, which is expected to showcase 13 of the top 14 picks in this year’s draft, tips off on Friday, July 13, with the Atlanta Hawks playing the Washington Wizards in the first of four scheduled games that day at COX Pavilion. Other teams participating in opening-day action include the Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors.

NBA TV will televise all 60 of the league’s games, including 39 live from both the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion. Games also will be available on digital platforms. Complete broadcast information will be released at a later date.

The New Orleans Hornets, who have the top selection in this year’s draft, will tip off their Summer League games on Sunday, July 15,  when they face the Portland Trail Blazers, owners of the sixth and 11th picks in the draft. All five teams choosing in the top five in this year’s draft — following the Hornets are the Bobcats, the Wizards, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Sacramento Kings — will be competing.

“NBA Summer League provides fans from around the league the unique opportunity to see some of the NBA’s brightest young stars competing in one location in a family-friendly environment,” said Gail Hunter, NBA Senior Vice President of Events and Attractions.

Additional teams participating include the Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors.

The Suns’ opponents in the Summer League will be the Knicks on July 15 (1 p.m.), the Cavaliers on July 17 (5:30 p.m.), the Hornets on July 18 (5:30 p.m.), the NBA D-League team on July 20 (7 p.m.) and the Grizzlies on July 21 (7 p.m.).

League play concludes on July 22. Tickets for the NBA Summer League are on sale and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS, visiting UNLVtickets.com or visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. All general-admission tickets are $25 for the day; seniors and children (3-12) are $15 for the day, and children 2 and under are free.